Tell Stories with iPad App, Pic Collage
by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
I'd downloaded Pic Collage months ago and popped it into my Photography folder, thinking it would come in handy for adding text to photos or applying filters. But then I started to play and gained more of an idea of its features.
* Import photos from your photo library, Instagram, Facebook and web image search
* Simple touch gestures to rotate, resize, flick to delete
* Double-tap a photo to edit photo with Aviary photo effects, clip photo, adjust borders, copy/paste and “flip” images
* Just tap on the lower-left Frame icon, and swipe to select a frame to make an instant collage!
* Clip photos by outlining the area you want with your finger
* Lots of backgrounds and stickers to choose from!
* Download a “Remix” collage to use as a template for your collage!
Pic Collage is beautifully simple to use. I really like how easy it is to edit text and images you add to your collage, swiping and pinching to resize and move etc. At first, I found it impossible to do some of the tasks suggested above e.g. clip photos according to the suggested method. But I closed the app and re-opened it and something changed - or was it just me being less impatient? Pic Collage has had thousands of excellent ratings so obviously many users are happy with it.
For kids who want to tell a digital story with Pic Collage, they could start by thinking about the story they'd like to tell. Then they could try using their iPad camera to photograph toys or figurines the way they want, or perhaps to take snaps of a holiday or family members. I chose some photos I'd taken as an example of a five frame story, then added captions in Pic Collage. Because Pic Collage allows users to get pictures from the web, children could also access CC licensed images and free clipart for their projects. You can export to the camera roll, share via social media or email.
Pic Collage also makes a fun way for children or teachers to create digital posters. Spice up the library with those Children's Book Week snaps or have kids demonstrate their expertise in a subject or hobby for Education Week.
Pic Collage is available free from iTunes and as an Android app from Google Play. The free iPad version contains limited stickers but more are available as in-app purchases.
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